Aberdovey Golf Club

Station Road

Aberdovey

Aberdyfi

Gwynedd

LL35 0RT

01654 767 493

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Average rating

8.3

Course

8.6

Greens

8.8

Facilities

7.8

Value

8.2

Hospitality

8.2

    Aberdovey is without doubt a living testament to the unique characteristics of links golf. Playing golf here is much more than just a social and sporting activity. It can be considered a journey where you can lose yourself in the beauty of the game nurtured within the beauty of the landscape. Even if you are playing poorly - you will still be uplifted and energised by the golf experience.

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    Course

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    9

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    8

    28th October 2014

    Aberdovey Golf Club is situated 10 miles or so from the Welsh Town of Aberystwyth amongst stunning backdrops and our route from further North took us on a wonderful scenic route through Bala and Dollgellau. It was a fine morning and views do not come much better than the countryside of Wales.

    Having parked up and clubs at the ready you will need to cross the railway line which has the perfect station just 30 yards from golf course entrance. We immediately began to plan our next visit, this time by train, carry bag in tow and a quick tour playing Aberdovery, Royal St Davids, Porthmadog etc.. a perfect way to travel and no concerns about having a post match drink or two.  I am not sure how much focus the club pays to this ideal method of travel being so close and convenient to access the golf course, a real marketing feature I would have thought? It was something we were certainly not aware of and could not find any reference to it on the clubs website. 

    At this point the view of the course is protected by the clubhouse and pro shop, however when the landscape appears it is not a disappointment, the course stretches out to the right for as far as the eye will see and directly in front of you and running parallel to the golf course are the wonderful high sand dunes that protect the course and landscape from the sea which lurks on the other side, however the dunes themselves had taken a battering in the previous year and taken a part of the 12th green away, incredibly unlucky and disheartening for the green staff and all involved. 

    By now you can clearly hear the sea and the sound of the waves crashing against the coastline, a lovely sound and you know you are on a links golf course. It is a shame that at no point on the course do you mange to get a view of the coastline, there seemed to be opportunities to have positioned tee boxes out in the dunes which would have provided stunning visuals out to the sea, it may be that restrictions from conservation authorities may have prevented this or risk to safety, but I do like to see the sea.

    We got our shoes on in the nicely appointed locker room and paid a visit to the pro shop to collect our scorecards, the shop itself had a good product range.

    Aberdovey is very much the classic links, the outward nine takes you on a virtually straight line out from the clubhouse with the dunes to your left and the inward is a direct return. It is a quality links golf course, the hard, rolling, undulating fairways, penal bunkers and great contours on them putting surface. The greens were in excellent condition as was the course especially when you consider this was the end of October.

    I felt that holes 1 to 5 were all very good except for the par 3 3rd hole which was played as a blind tee shot which I could not recall another par 3 which I could not see the green? My other issue was the fact the green itself sloped severely from front to back and the front pin which we played on the day was virtually impossible to get close. Holes 6,7, and 8 are a little flat and less inspiring visually than the remainder of the course. The ninth is a wonderful par 3 which was played into the teeth of the wind off the sea, the green had fantastic contours and offered no easy two putt.

    The 12th hole which I referred to earlier had ‘lost’ a portion of the green but still offered a wonderful golf hole where it is very much a case of ‘green or bust’ It is the one chance you have to view the sea. 

    I really liked the closing holes 15 – 18 inclusive, they all had fantastic shape and each offers a unique challenge, in particular the short 16th which will require a strategic tee shot and club selection to result in par. The feature of the railway line also becomes apparent on this closing stretch which draws to an end on a large undulating green that sits very close the clubhouse.

    Aberdovey is without doubt a quality act and with green fees as little as £27.50 in the winter months offers tremendous value, the typical green fee in the season is £49.50 which is on a level with its neighbour Royal St Davids. The Club also offers a dormy facility which is very reasonably priced and a great way to stay and play in Aberdovey. 

    We took to the clubhouse to enjoy a very reasonably priced and excellent quality sandwich and chips, the welcome from the members was warm and friendly as were the bar staff.

    My overall impression of Aberdovey would be that the course was well worth a visit and coupled with other North Wales gems would make an ideal golf break/weekender.  There are many accommodation options to fit all budgets and with realistic green fees in many of the courses in the area makes North Wales a great option for quality golf at affordable prices.

     

     

     

     

     

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    Typical Links Course, good short holes

    Average rating

    7.2

    24th April, 2018, by bigfrank0704

    Didn't realise this was a top 100 GB&I course even after we played it. Some good short holes but the course condition was disappointing - very wet in places from overnight rain. A typical links layout, 9 out, 9 back. A strong wind behind on the front 9 meant the back 9 were difficult and tiring even though it is very flat. It will undoubtedly improve with the warmer weather and there was a lot of maintenance work being carried out.
    There is on course accommodation and a railway station closer to the pro's shop than the 1st tee so could be great place for a Sunday Driver,

    Course

    7

    Greens

    7

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    6

    Hospitality

    8

    Wales Tour 2017 13th May

    Average rating

    9.2

    15th May, 2017, by Steven moss

    Aberdovey Golf Club was the 2nd venue on our little wales tour. We had played the course two years before and loved it then so it was a must when booking this years trip ! It did not disappoint. From the moment you cross the railway and walk down to the pro shop you can't help but be impressed by the Links. The practice area is fantastic with practice greens better then most courses. They also have nets to warm up in witch I find always helps on the 1st tee. On to the course and what can I say , we found the great course we'd played and loved before in equly impressive condition. We could not fault the course in anyway and myself and the others in my group couldn't speak highly enough of the greens that rolled unbelievable true. The par 3 12th I think I it's the 12th forgive me if I'm wrong is stunning and has one of my favourite views in golf from the green. Last time we played it had been damaged by storms but they've done an amazing job of bringing it back to its original glory my favourite hole on possibly my favourite golf course truly a stunning place.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    9

    Hospitality

    9

    True Links

    Average rating

    8.2

    14th May, 2016, by SteveG

    Played here for the first time in May 2016 and was pleasantly surprised by the layout and condition of the course.

    Although on the coast, you don't have sea views and in the main this is fairly open, out-and-back links golf.

    That said, you will have an enjoyable round of golf, and probably a decent score to boot.

    Worth a visit.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    9

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    not disappointed

    Average rating

    7.8

    29th October, 2014, by Dave123

    Welcome on arrival pleasant with out going over the top.
    club members were friendly and helpful.
    The course is a great links with the sound of sea in the background. Hidden by sand dunes on one side and the railway line and hilly landscape on the other.
    the opening holes were great and
    playable for any golf handicap. Holes 8,9, were ok but enter into a more baron area of the course. As does hole 11.
    From 12 to the closing holes to 18,
    Very enjoyable, wth accuracy and weather creating a challenge on the day. Course in great condition (end of october) rugged rough looking tough bunkers dotted everywhere.
    Highly recomend. Get the chance play it. Will defo be returning.

    Course

    8

    Greens

    8

    Facilities

    7

    Value

    8

    Hospitality

    8

    Links golf at its best

    Average rating

    9.2

    14th March, 2014, by Slugger

    This is links golf at its best, and certainly is a hidden gem, I played here Harlech and Nefyn and this place really impressed. Bone dry fairways, quick greens and still only March. Great welcome and clubhouse food is great. Recommend to anyone.

    Course

    10

    Greens

    10

    Facilities

    8

    Value

    10

    Hospitality

    8